Discovery at the Inca Project in Peru
The great Inca road, Qhapaq Ñan in the Amaybamba Valley, is once again beginning to reclaim its status. Through field research, Projects Abroad volunteers and archaeologists have been able to identify and record that it once served as an important main route along the Inca trail. This may lead to the discovery of new networks and archaeological sites.
Throughout 2012, archaeologists along with Projects Abroad volunteers carried out important research work within the Amaybamba Valley. They set to work using exploration methods and carrying out archaeological excavations. During these explorations, research data for important, local archaeological sites was developed. It is quite possible that many of the sites excavated date back as far as the Late Intermediate Period (1200 AD-1400AD), which would make them Pre Inca settlements.
In order to determine the exact age of the excavated areas where important samples have been found, it is essential to carry out an extensive process of carbon dating. Results obtained from this will then allow our volunteers and archaeologists to tightly focus their hypothesis when furthering their research.
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